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Trucker Facing Manslaughter Charge after Wylie Crash

The driver of a dump truck has been charged with intoxication manslaughter in connection with a fatal collision that left one woman dead Wednesday morning.

About the Wylie Trucking Accident

“The first thing I heard was all the screeching of the tires as the driver tried to stop and the Diesel and then all the sudden everything just rattled and you heard a really loud boom.” – witness Gary Peters as published by NBC 5-KXAS

According to KXAS, trucker Alton Batts, 67, has been arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter following a fatal accident in Wylie, Texas that left a woman dead and a man injured.

The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 78 and West Kirby Street just before 11 am, when a fully-loaded dump truck slammed into a four-door Nissan Sedan.

The collision resulted in the death of the sedan’s passenger, Jonel Brown McGehee, 83. The driver of the Nissan, 77-year-old Dannie Jackson, was transported to Medical Center Plano – his condition is unkown.

Officers who were investigating the accident arrested Batts after finding what they believed to be a small bottle of vodka in his possession. Investigations into the accident are ongoing.

National Trucking Accident Statistics

Following information provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 3,921 people were killed in trucking accidents in 2012, marking a 4 percent increase from the 3,781 deaths recorded in 2011.
  • Another 104,000 people were injured in trucking accidents – up 18 percent from 88,000 in 2011.
  • Of those killed in trucking accidents:
    • 697 were occupants of large trucks.
    • 2,843 were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 381 were non-occupants, including bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Trucking accidents were most likely to occur on weekdays between the hours of 6 am and 6 pm.

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